Saturday, October 1, 2022

Anaheim: Disneyland steps up as mass COVID-19 vaccination site

InPark applauds Disneyland for supporting the community and helping to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in California to help contain the spread of the virus. We are pleased to share this news from the County of Orange, which reported on Jan 11, 2021 that the site would be operational “later this week,” using an appointment system.

The vaccination site is being set up in the Toy Story lot, an auxiliary parking lot physically separate from the rest of the resort. Disney parks around the globe have been known to provide such support in past instances such as providing emergency shelter to tourists stranded by the Japan earthquake of 2011.

The County of Orange acting Chairman Andrew Do, First District, said, “The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s first Super POD [Point-of-Dispensing] site – undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process. We truly appreciate the support of the Orange County Fire Authority, our cities, and our residents as we continue to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the county.”

Supervisor Doug Chaffee said, “I’m proud to have Disneyland Resorts and the City of Anaheim, both in my Fourth District, be the first of the Super POD sites in Orange County. Residents in my district have been highly impacted by COVID-19. These Super PODs are absolutely critical in stopping this deadly virus.”


Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, Third District, said, “It’s important to vaccinate as many willing people as possible for COVID-19, and we need the space to do it.”

Five regional Super PODs are being set up to provide capacity to vaccinate thousands of residents each day throughout Orange County. The County will announce additional Super POD sites as agreements are finalized.

Vaccine distribution is managed through a phased, tiered approach established by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Currently, vaccinations are available to Orange County residents and those who work in Orange County who meet the criteria for what is referred to as “Phase 1a, all tiers.” This group includes law enforcement first responders in high-risk communities and was recently expanded to include those age 75 and older. According to the County report, most of those eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1a will be contacted through their employer to schedule an appointment via a third-party app developed in cooperation with the County of Orange.


Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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